Global Melt

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Workshop, in Berlin, Germany


File:Global melt LOGO.png

Global Melt logo by Joanna Tarkowski, available under a CC Attribution Poland 3.0 license.


Global Melt - best practices in community leadership for global peer-driven movements.

Global Melt is a workshop for members and leaders of global peer-driven movements to explore what our movements have in common, share what we have learned, and discuss solutions and ideas for our respective communities and joint actions.

Supported by Mozilla Foundation, studio70, and all the fantastic participants.



Sprint Projects

Session Notes


  • Alina Mierlus: contact [at] alinamierlus [dot] com ;
  • Michelle Thorne: i [dot] am [dot] thornet [at] gmail [dot] com


Goals and Outcomes

Global Melt will be the beginning of more deliberate inter-organizational collaboration, of shared action plans, and shared resources. Our immediate goal is to troubleshoot one concrete issue that is common to all participating organizations. We will conclude the workshop with a deeper understanding of running local, community-organized events that contribute to organizational goals in meaningful and sustainable ways.

Participants are looking to develop tools that makes their work more efficient, more effective, and more impacting. Rather than building resources in isolation or continually investing in event strategies from scratch, we can gain more by pooling resources and ideas.

Possible shared resources include:

  • Local planner handbook - How can we communicate best practices to better inform and inspire local organizers?
  • Event calendars - How can we coordinate calendars of events from our organizations and community members?
  • Event and agenda formats - How can we learn about other event formats and adapt them to our purposes?
  • Facilitation practices - How can we grow the network of experienced, collaborative facilitators?
  • Documentation and communication platforms - What tools and methods are effective for documenting and promoting events?
  • Contact database - How can we map and connect community members and contributors across projects?
  • Evaluation of venues, vendors, and public partners - How can we collect organizational and logistical experiences from hosting events?
  • Event funding sources or templates - How can we generate resources to help local organizers bootstrap their events?

Confirmed Participants

Name Organization/Project Microblog Other details
Abbas Mahmood Wikimedia Kenya
Alek Tarkowski Public Lead, CC Poland @alek on
Allen Gunn Aspiration
Alina Mierlus Community engagement geek - Mozilla Project, Softcatalà. @alina_mierlus From: Barcelona; Arrival: 25/03/11; Departure: 31/03/11;
Adrio Bacchetta Sandstone Consulting, extensive experience with global NGOs
Asaf Bartov Wikimedia Foundation - Head of Global South Relationships
Barry Newstead Wikimedia Foundation - Movement roles working group
Claudia Rauch KDE e.V
Desigan Chinniah - "Dees" Firestarter @ Mozilla Labs / From: London; Arrival: 26/03/11; Departure: 31/03/11;
Ela Kagel Free Culture Incubator
Jay Cousins Open Design City
Laura Hilliger Mozilla Community - Dresden
Jon Huggett Wikimedia Foundation - Movement roles working group
Leonhard Dobusch Freie Universitaet Berlin @leonidobusch
Lodewijk Gelauff Wikimedia Foundation - Chapters Committee The Netherlands, arr. 23/3, dep. 29/3.
Mary Colvig Mozilla - Contributor Engagement
Mark Surman Mozilla
Markus Beckedahl CC Germany
Mathias Schindler Wikimedia Deutschland
Nadia EL-Imam Living on the Edge event , Outreach and Partnerships at Edgeryders @edgeryders
Pierros Papadeas Mozilla - Contributor Engagement
Fedora Project
@ppapadeas arr. 27/3 - dep. 30/3
Pippa Buchanan School of Webcraft (P2PU and Mozilla)
Siebrand Mazeland @siebrand, @translatewiki The Netherlands, arr. 24/3, dep. 29/3.
Sam 'SJ' Klein Wikimedia @metasj, w:user:sj arr. 24/3, dep. 31/3.
Solana Larsen Global Voices
Michelle Thorne Free Culture Research Conference, Maker Lab, LibreBus @thornet Berlin always & forever
Tobias Eigen Kabissa
William Quiviger Mozilla - Contributor Engagement
Michał Mach CiviCRM
Bogomil "Bogo" Shopov Mozilla Community hacktivist and part of Kolab project @bogomep From: Sofia; Arrival: 27/03/11; Departure: 29/03/11;
Kamil Śliwowski CC Poland @cienkamila, @cienkamila twitter

Like to attend? Contact Michelle Thorne: i [dot] am [dot] thornet [at] gmail [dot] com